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Crust ski around Fossil Mountain on skate skis today. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to ski right from the parking lot up the LL ski-out. There was 1cm of fresh snow down low, 3cm at higher elevations. I followed the snowmobile track to Boulder Pass, then left it and skied across Ptarmigan Lake and down to Baker Lake. I didn't really have a plan for the day, but once I got to Baker Lake I decided to follow the route around Fossil Mountain. The crust was starting to soften in the trees when I dropped down from Baker Lake to the valley below, but I made it down without any tumbles. Cotton Grass Pass was lovely to ski, and I followed some old ski tracks to the trail over Jones Pass between Fossil and Skoki. The crust was getting quite weak in some spots around Jones Pass and I was kicking myself for not starting half an hour earlier... but once I got over the pass and started heading down into the Skoki valley, conditions got better. Then I hit the snowmobile track again, so I didn't have to worry about the crust anymore. The slog up to Deception Pass was made even tougher by the fresh snow starting to get slow and clumpy. But I got in some fun little turns descending to Ptarmigan Lake. The ski back down to the car was uneventful. With the fresh snow now melted at lower elevations, the ski-out looked quite dirty but still looked like it falls within the definition of "snow".
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2021-05-06 - comment by Diana Piggott
These are wonderful reports, Sara, you are really living the dream!
2021-05-05 - comment by Sara M
Chuck - I nearly broke an ankle on that little hill last spring when the crust failed suddenly, so I was determined to redeem myself and get some good turns this time.
Roger - The mountains do all the work, I just point my phone at them and let them work their magic!
2021-05-05 - comment by SkierRoger
I have to compliment you on your photography Sara.
Those are some incredible pictures!
2021-05-05 - comment by Chuck
Wow Sara... Thanks for the great trip report, and those are pretty awesome turns for a skate skier on crust!
I'm sure Roger appreciates this type of report while he develops his blog during the end of a season.